PAINT WITH MUSIC is a musical group that Brown formed to bring his sound painting / musical painting work to a live audiences and to collaborate with other musicians in the process of making his art.
Marcus Brown literally paints or draws with his self-created sound producing art-instruments while singing hip-hop vocals on top of a dark electronic-hop backdrop. For over a decade Brown has been making sound producing painting instruments and using them to create works of visual and musical art in a process he developed called Electro-Sonic Painting.
Members and Collaborators
Marcus E. Brown, a native of New Orleans, is a sculptor, painter, educator, inventor, musician and an avant-garde sound performance artist. Brown developed a form of painting called Electro-sonic Painting in which the artist paints with an amplified brush or tool used to simultaneously create a fine work of art as well as music. In demonstrating this new genre of music and art, Brown has collaborated with many talented and renowned musicians including Nathan Weidenhaft , Snap ( Sylvester Andrews), Eric Gold, Steve Masakowski, Sasha Masakowski , Goug Garrison, Bill Summers, Brian Seeger, Cliff Hines, ,Khari Allen Lee, Devin Phillips, Mark De Florio , Chuck Barber, Nathan J. Normand , Tyrone Brown, Signal Path, Eric Bigger, Norman Sylvester and many more. In 2008, Brown received an Art in Public Places commission by the Arts Council of New Orleans in collaboration with the Joan Mitchell Foundation for his piece Human Universal Musical Sculpture HUMS), a sound sculpture that interacts with an individual’s bioelectrical currents to produce a unique sound. HUMS is located in Washington Square Park on Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans. Brown, who is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts NOCCA), earned his BFA at the Kansas City Institute of Art (KCAI) in Kansas City, MO and a M.Ed. from Portland State University in Portland, OR. In addition to his performance art internationally, Brown exhibits in numerous galleries and museums on earth.
Eric Gold was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Classically trained on the piano as a child, he began teaching himself the drums at age fourteen. As a senior in high school he was accepted to NOCCA for jazz drumming, where he began his formal training. In high school and leading up to Katrina, Eric played in various groups ranging from jazz and funk to heavy metal. He continued his musical education at UNO in the jazz studies program. After Katrina Eric was relocated to Portland, Oregon where he finished his Bachelor of Music with a jazz emphasis at Portland State University. While living in Portland Eric played professionally as a jazz musician as well as taught private lessons. He also played in a ten piece funk ensemble called Philly's Phunkestra. With this band he had the opportunity to share the stage with many big name traveling acts such as: Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Rebirth Brass Band, Oregone, The Wailers, Mr. Lif, Questlove of The Roots, and more. In October of 2011 he moved back to New Orleans where he currently lives today. Eric is making contacts with many New Orleans musicians and plans to be a name on the scene.
Khari Allen Lee
As one of New Orleans’ most-in-demand artists, saxophonist, educator, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Khari Allen Lee has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Branford Marsalis, Allen Toussaint, DeeDee Bridgewater, Stevie Wonder, Terence Blanchard, the Treme Brass Band, Leah Chase, Herlin Riley, the Astral Project, Shannon Powell, Wes ‘Warmdaddy’ Anderson, Jason Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Bill Summers, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Ravi Coltrane, Kenny Barron & more. He is lead saxophonist & touring member of Delfeayo Marsalis' Uptown Jazz Orchestra, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra directed by Adonis Rose, & a faculty member at the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA).
As leader, Khari Allen Lee & the New Creative Collective have released three albums, Conscious Evolution (2012), Our Great Awakening (2014) & A New Earth (2016), all to enthusiastic praise. In 2015, he was chosen as newest artist endorser of the family of Jody Jazz Mouthpieces, & in 2017 was chosen as newest artist ambassador for the family of Rovner Ligatures.
He is featured on recordings with Grammy & Tony-winner DeeDee Bridgewater & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (DeeDee's Feathers, 2015), NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra (Make America Great Again!, 2016), New Orleans legend Dr. John (Ske-Dat-De-Dat, The Spirit of Satch, 2014), The Treme Brass Band (New Orleans Music, 2008), & recently released albums by Grammy-winning, octogenarian blues man, Bobby Rush, & multi Grammy-winning trumpeter & composer Terence Blanchard (The Comedian [Original Motion Picture Sountrack], 2017).
As an educator, Lee has served on the faculty of Tulane University,as Director of Music at the International School Moshi, Tanzania, East Afrika at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and as a clinician nationally and internationally. Lee currently serves as a faculty member in the Music Department at the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University and the University of New Orleans, and as Woodwind Specialist & Director of the Grown Folks Lab Band with theMusicollaborative, a community based music education service organization.
He earned his Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Auburn University, attended the Berklee College of Music as a scholarship recipient, graduating with an Artist Diploma in Professional Music, & earned his Masters of Music from the University of New Orleansas a member of the Louis Armstrong Quintet.
Andrew Bertholf is sculptor, musician, photographer, sound and video artist. He has a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and practices his art in New Orleans, LA. He’s done video, recording and photography House Core record’s Ponykiller (link) on their national Down tour. In addition he has done live media recordings and engineering, mastering for Paint with music and dozens of other bands. Bertholf has also run commercial sculpture and fabrication shops, creating large scale lighting and video installations for a number of arena shows and sporting events. He produces his own music under the name of Ghost Solipsist and composes the music for the web series Good Morning Antioch.(link) Currently, Bertholf exhibits his live video and graphic integration and other contemporary art nationally.
(AKA Nathan J. Normand)
Collaborator : Guitarist / PWM software designer
Nathan Weidenhaft is a New Orleans based artist, sound engineer and musician. Professional credits include: musical scores for various films, including the 2011 Emmy Award winning documentary, “All Over but To Cry”. As a musician he has performed and recorded with the ground-breaking and national renown electro-acoustic band, Signal Path and throughout the country, sharing stages with such artists as The Wailers, Buddy Miles, Nelly, Galactic, amoung others. Weidenhaft is a recording engineer for various national music acts including Philip Anselmo(of Pantera), members of The Radiators, Beau Soule, members of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and countless others. In collaboration with Marcus Brown, Weidenhaft develops custom software and technology that integrates sound and the visual arts medium in never before seen ways. His education background includes but not limited to a Masters Degree from the University Of New Orleans and a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts(NOCCA).
In addition to being the regular drummer for the roots rock band The Iguanas for over 18 years, Doug Garrison has toured or performed with Rufus and Carla Thomas, “Duck” Dunn, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Mose Allison, Snooks Eaglin, Eugene Chadbourne, Steve Bernstein and John Abercrombie, among others. His recording credits include Alex Chilton, Jim Dickinson, Charlie Rich, Helen Gillet, The Naked Orchestra, and numerous tracks for major motion pictures.
Steve Masakowski (born September 2, 1954) is jazz guitarist, educator, and inventor. He invented the guitar-based keytar and the switch pick and has designed three, custom-built seven-string guitars. He developed an approach to playing the guitar by using his pick design, allowing him to switch from fingerpicking to flatpicking.
He has released solo albums and has worked with Johnny Adams, Mose Allison, Dave Liebman, Ellis Marsalis, Jr., Carl Fontana, Rick Margitza, Bobby McFerrin, Nicholas Payton, Dianne Reeves, Sam Rivers, Woody Shaw, Alvin Tyler, and Bennie Wallace. Since 1987, he has been a member of the band Astral Project.
He has been voted Best Guitarist twice and included as a member of Astral Project in the Best Contemporary Jazz Group three times by Gambit and Offbeat magazines in their annual readers' poll. He has published lessons in Guitar Player magazine and wrote the book Jazz Ear Training – Learning to Hear Your Way Through Music for Mel Bay Publications. He has also been recognized by Down Beat magazine as Guitar Talent Deserving Wider Recognition. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Masakowski